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May 5, 2013

Average school tax cap rises


Tonawanda News — Barker’s $19 million budget would raise its $3.8 million levy by $132,000 or 3.5 percent, well below the 92.7 percent limit allowed by law. Lockport City Schools has proposed an $83 million budget that will need $36 million from the levy, an increase of $692,000 or 2 percent. That’s below Lockport’s legal cap of 5.04 percent.

Like Lockport, Newfane district officials decided to keep their levy increase at 2 percent, or $250,000, at a total of $12.7 million. Newfane’s legal limit is 4.4 percent.

Officials in both districts said public perception of the cap is partially the reason for keeping the increase at 2 percent.

Royalton-Hartland’s $22 million budget would need $9.3 million from the tax levy, an increase of 3 percent of $272,000 from the current school year. Roy-Hart’s cap is 6.09 percent.

Starpoint’s $46.5 million budget would require about $25.8 million from taxes, a tax levy rise of 3.18 percent or $800,000. That is below the district’s tax levy cap of 4.86 percent.

Wilson’s $24.3 million budget would see the tax levy increase by 4 percent or $435,987, which is below Wilson’s tax cap of 5 percent.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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